Buyer's Guide

Now that an increasing amount of smartphone manufacturers are selling their phones at cheaper price points, it’s much easier for consumers to afford an off-contract device rather than purchasing one with a two-year contract. At least in the United States, the way smartphones are priced has changed dramatically, and that’s a good thing.

So, what are the best smartphones out there for those who’d like to forgo the standard contract and buy unlocked? We’re here to take you through the best unlocked Android smartphones for under $250, under $500 and over $500. As always, if you have anything you’d like to suggest, be sure to speak up in the comment section at the bottom of the post.

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list regularly as new devices launch. It’s also worth noting that this article is written for a U.S.-centric point of view, though (since they are unlocked) pretty much all of these devices are available outside of the U.S., at least in some capacity.

Update, June 2016: We did not make any changes this month.

Best phones under $250

OnePlus X

The OnePlus X is one of the best budget devices you can purchase right now. It’s compact, extremely fast, and boasts many of the same software features that come with its older brother, the OnePlus 2. It has an impressive 5.0-inch AMOLED display, a perfectly capable Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 gigabytes of RAM, microSD card expansion up to 128GB and two SIM card slots.

There are a few things to watch out for, though. If you want to activate the device on AT&T or T-Mobile’s networks, you may not have great 4G LTE coverage, as the device is missing the appropriate bands. It also comes with no NFC on board, so you won’t be able to use mobile payment methods like Android Pay. Oh, and OnePlus has just axed the invite system for the OnePlus X, so you can now buy it from the company whenever you’d like, without waiting in line for an invite!

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly smartphone and don’t mind spending a few extra bucks, get the OnePlus X. You can purchase it from OnePlus’ website for $249.99.


  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441 ppi
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2525 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm, 138 g

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Motorola Moto G (2015)

The Moto G, one of the most beloved budget phones on the market, is now in its third iteration. This time around, the handset offers up a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and either 8 GB storage and 1 GB RAM, or 16GB storage and 2 GB RAM. bother models include microSD support, a 13 MP rear cam, a 5 MP front cam, a 5-inch 720p LCD display, and a hefty 2470 mAh non-removable battery. While the Moto G has never been about flashy extras, this year’s model does introduce waterproofing and LTE to the mix.

For those that lust for customization, the Moto G also includes limited Moto Maker support. While this feature isn’t as robust as you’d find with the Moto X Style (Pure Edition), it’s still a great step in the right direction. As for software? The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a few of Motorola’s software customizations.

It should be noted that only the model with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage reaches the under-$200 price point. To get the higher end variant, you’ll need to pay around $219 in most regions.


  • 5.0-inch LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution, 294 ppi
  • 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 1/2 GB of RAM
  • 8/16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2470 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm, 155 g

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honor 5X

Huawei has finally announced its plans to break into the US market with the honor 5X. The honor 5X was announced a number of months ago, but it was just recently revealed that the dual-SIM budget handset would be coming to the United States for only $200.

Featuring an all-metal build and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, the 5X absolutely comes to market with a few features that we don’t normally see on sub-$200 smartphones. It comes with a big 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 616 processor, 16 GB of storage and microSD expansion up to 128 GB. It also comes with a 13 MP rear camera, a pretty sizable 3000 mAh battery, and runs Huawei’s EMUI atop Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. Huawei says the device will receive its update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow sometime soon, as well.

You can pre-order the honor 5X from Amazon in Dark Grey, Daybreak Silver or Sunset Gold color options for only $199.99.


  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 151.3 x 76.3 x 8.2 mm, 158 g

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Best phones under $500

Nexus 6P

As the successor to last year’s Motorola Nexus 6, Google recently unveiled the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. This device is the higher-end of the two Nexus phones announced at Google’s event, and that’s incredibly apparent when looking at the spec sheet.

It comes with a big 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, super fast Snapdragon 810 processor, a giant 3450 mAh battery and an impressive 12MP rear-facing camera. Want to get your hands on one? The Nexus 6P is pretty cheap, considering the specs and build quality. You can purchase it from the Google Store starting at just $499!

We’ve just published our full review of this handset, and come to the conclusion that it’s up there with the best of the best.


  • 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card slot
  • 12 MP rear-facing camera, 8 MP front-facing camera
  • Non-removable 3450 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm, 178 g

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Motorola Moto X Style (aka Pure Edition)

With the original Moto X, Motorola proved you don’t need to have the latest specs to get a great user experience. With the second generation, the Lenovo-owned company took no chances and double-downed on the spec side as well, packing the new Moto X (2014) with a dense 5.2-inch AMOLED screen, a beefy processor, and a capable 13 MP camera. But with the Moto X Style, Motorola reaches the perfect balance between performance, simplicity, price and… well, style.

By Style we are mostly referring customization capabilities, a factor which has been an integral part of the Moto X experience since day one. Customers can use Moto Maker to manipulate their devices’ aesthetics to their will. You can change the color of the metal areas, engrave the back and even choose from a plethora of back options, including materials leather, wood, rubber and other materials.

The device is not a bad contender in terms of hardware, either. The larger screen puts the phone up with contenders like the OnePlus 2, Nexus 6, LG G4 and the Galaxy Note series. It may not sport the “best” processor in the market, but the Snapdragon 808 is pretty close to the 810, and Motorola has proven time and again they can make a super fast phone without the greatest chipset. The best part? This phone’s price will start at only $399!

It’s worth noting that the phone will be sold in most markets under the Style branding, though in the United States it will be sold as the Moto X Pure Edition, an unlocked model that will play nice with all U.S. carriers.


  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 520 ppi
  • 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 21 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm, 179 g

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Nexus 5X

Google chose to release two Nexus smartphones in 2015 – the higher-end Nexus 6P made by Huawei and the LG-made Nexus 5X, which is the true sequel to LG’s beloved Nexus 5 from 2013. Both of these devices feature similar specifications, but they still manage to stand out drastically from one another. The Nexus 5X has one of the best processors on the market (the Snapdragon 808), a decent 2700 mAh battery and a really great 12.3 megapixel rear-facing camera. It also boasts a fingerprint scanner on the back Google is calling Nexus Imprint, a front-facing speaker that provides decent audio quality and of course, this phone runs the latest version of Android.

In our full review, we had just a few gripes. While the Snapdragon 808 processor is very capable of performing just about everything you throw at it, the fact that the 5X comes with just 2 GB of RAM makes us nervous for the future. It also only comes with 16 or 32 GB of on-board storage with no microSD card expansion, so folks who are used to 32 or 64 GB variants will need to rely on cloud storage when it comes to keeping media on the phone.

Considering that the Nexus 6P costed only $120 more than the 5X at launch, it was a tad difficult to recommend this smartphone at the start. Now that it’s dropped in price, though, we really think this is one of the better phones you can buy at this price range.


  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 423 ppi
  • 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 12.3 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2700 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm, 136 g

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Best phones above $500

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32 GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4 GB of RAM, great 12 MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.


Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 152 g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g

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While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4 GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32 GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”


  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 16 and 8 MP dual rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Removable 2800 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm, 159 g

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

It’s hard denying that Samsung has always been the king of large-screened smartphones, and that still holds true today. With its crystal clear 5.7-inch display, powerful Exynos 7420 CPU and killer 16 MP rear-facing camera, the Galaxy Note 5 is one of the best Android phones available on the market right now.

It’s an all-around solid device, boasting an all-glass chassis that’s similar to that of the Galaxy S7. It comes with an improved S Pen and some great multitasking features that will make it easy to get work done. The software is much more clean and simple than we’ve seen from the company in the past, too.

With all of that said, though, this device doesn’t come without its caveats. Samsung’s decision to omit the microSD card slot and removable battery has been a controversial one over the past few weeks, especially among Samsung die-hards. Even with these notable omissions, the Note 5 can still be considered one of the best out there.

If you’re looking for a big smartphone and money is no object, you should definitely consider picking up the Galaxy Note 5.


  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518 ppi
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, 171 g

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LG V10

If you aren’t completely satisfied with the LG G4, perhaps the V10 will suit your needs. It has the same powerful Snapdragon 808 processor and 16 MP rear-facing camera as the G4, but with a few extra features included. Most notably, the V10 sports a secondary “ticker” display LG calls the Second Screen. This extra display aims to provide its users useful information without the need to turn on the main screen. It will display app shortcuts, notifications, and even weather and battery percentage information. Although the placement is a bit wonky, we’re sure you’ll be pretty happy with the added benefit of having a secondary display.

The V10 also has two front-facing cameras for wide-angle selfies, a fingerprint scanner that’s actually really reliable, a MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant rating for shock absorption, and a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC electronic processor with support for Qualcomm’s QFE2550 closed-loop antenna tuning solution. It’s also the first smartphone ever to come with a manual mode for taking video.

Both the V10 and the G4 are great smartphones. If you aren’t concerned with spending a bit more money, though, you should buy the V10.


  • Main display: 5.7-inch IPS Quantum Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513 ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513 ppi
  • Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2 TB
  • 16 MP rear-facing camera, 5 MP Dual Lens front-facing camera
  • Removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm, 192 g

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There you have it – our picks of the best unlocked Android phones you can buy right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!

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  • WitnessG

    I would put the OPO above the Nexus 5 easily. It beats it in almost every aspect; battery, camera, etc.

    • Phoenix Rulez

      Especially the camera. Still waiting for the day when Nexus take at least decent pictures.

      • moew

        Are you kidding? I have a 6P and an OPO. The 6P blows the OPO camera out of the water, every single time.

        Maybe you just crawled out from under a rock, I wouldn’t know, so I’ll give you that.

        • Phoenix Rulez

          You just replied to a comment from a year ago!!! You just crawled out from under a rock!!! My comparisons were for Nexus 5 vs OPO in 2014!!!

          • moew

            Something ain’t right, the article clearly says December 2015, so I’ll bet they recycled last year’s article. LG V10 and Xperia Z5 are also clearly in the article. What AA tomfoolery is going on here. Hmmm.

          • RedSamurai

            Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list regularly as new devices launch. It’s
            also worth noting that this article is written for a U.S.-centric point
            of view, though (since they are unlocked) pretty much all of these
            devices are available outside of the U.S., at least in some capacity.

          • Kody

            Love your use of the word tomfoolery.

      • Jeremy Fortner

        yeah like the Blu pure xl

    • TeeJay1100

      To me the One Plus One beats every phone that is listed. On price and storage alone.

    • Except for the fact that it’s still invite only and very hard to get your hands on,

      • WitnessG

        It is actually very easy to get it. If you spend a few minutes, you can easily get an invite and 1+ has had multiple events to buy it without an invite.

        • I know of the events, but they sell out pretty fast. Also, how do you get an invite? Like, seriously. How?

  • lemawe

    Where is the asus zenfone 5 ? Same price as moto g, better build quality and way better and faster with the intel processor, 2gb ram and sd card.

    • Jayfeather787

      Better ROM support with snapdragon. Intel for desktop, not for phones.

      • lemawe

        They are two versions, a Snapdragon S400 one and an Intel Intel Atom Z2580. And no, Intel is not only for desktop, and fortunately they don’t listen to you.

  • Jayfeather787

    Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Xiaomi Note Pro.

    • Anonymousfella

      Let the sales commence first!

  • Fabio S

    Where’s my Oppo Find 7? :D

    • Harrold Pok


  • TeeJay1100

    Every phone in the above $450 category, isn’t worth the price that they are asking. It amazes me to see people paying those outages prices for a unlocked phone. SMH

    • The-Sailor-Man

      On 2y contract they cost actually much more. But ppl in US haven’t enough brain to calculate it.

      • TeeJay1100

        I can’t stand contracts. I totally despise them. Unfortunately, most of us in the United States love them.

  • Kevin Mortenson

    Why is the Nexus5 above the OnePlus? The OnePlus is better in every single one of the specs listed, even the price. I have owned both and was a die hard nexus fanboy but I like the OnePlus more, its just a better nexus than the nexus.

    • TeeJay1100

      You speak the truth. I only bought Nexus phones. Sold my 5 and got the OPO and love the phone. I won’t go back Nexus unless they beat these little OEM’s in price, battery, camera, and storage.

    • CreepyTurkey

      its because the OPO is hard to get right now so people that want a good phone under 450$ will choose the nexus 5 for an easier way
      that’s my theory though

    • Dennis Johnston

      I also had both and recently got an lg g3 for the same price as I got my n5 and opo, and I do have to say the lgg3 kicks the crap out of the former two;)

  • YeOldeRam


  • The-Sailor-Man

    Note 4. Period.

  • norcal1953

    You missed the unlocked Huawei Ascend Mate 2, at steal for a phablet at $299, and the locked – but no contract required, because offered by prepaid carriers – ZTE Zmax 5.7″ from T-Mobile and ZTE Max+ (the 1280*720 version, not the outgoing low-rez Max – no “+” – version) from Cricket, both about $200, the Zmax discounted by Walmart right now to $179.

  • José A. Medina

    is the Lg G3 worth or should i wait for the new releases?

    • Guest

      It’s an awesome phone. I’ve had it for a month now, rooted it and have 0 complaints. I’m sure the g4 will be a great phone as wel, but you will be extremely happy with the g3. Fas, no lag, removable battery and expandable memory, and don’t forget about the beautiful 4g screen.

    • I bought my G3 in December ’14 and it’s an awesome phone! If you can wait a while and can spend some extra $$, G4 could be worth the wait.

  • ShitMyNameWontF

    Typical AA that places Nexus devices above all else regardless of reason. The OPO is clearly better in every single way.

  • Eric Cartman

    Doesn’t the unlocked LG G3 not work on North American LTE bands?

  • I already have Lollipop on my LG G3.

  • Anonymousfella

    Until the Nexus 5 is refreshed for 2015, OPO> N5

  • Harjifangki

    I’d rather use Asus Zenfone or Zenfone 2 rather than Xperia M2. It’s cheaper and faster.

  • Ruby H.

    Nexus 5 tops the OnePlus One? And the Xioami RedMi Note not making the under $250 list when it’s currently the best selling phone in Asia? Can someone on the AA editorial staff please claim, for full disclosure that none of the companies listed here are paying promotional fees to your company?

    • Walter

      Well there was a disclaimer at the end of the article.

  • Gary

    Do all those factory unlocked GSM phones have a warranty for the US?

  • Farhad Ahmad

    Very interesting detailed information about which phones to buy and which not to? I have had a couple of the above mentioned phones but no one could beat what I have now. I own an iDROID King which has superb specs and excellent call quality. It is manufactured by iDROID USA and ranks up there with the top-notch category of phones.

  • LiterofCola

    the Galaxy S6 tops the Z5? Garbage.

  • trwb

    I would not recommend the g4 and I would not call the 808 one of the best processors out there. G4 is wicked laggy and had can’t hold its top clock speeds for more than a couple seconds. I am going back to the moto nexus 6 myself. The 805 runs much better imo. I would steer clear of the 808 and 810 if you already have a phone that meets your needs, just wait till the 820 phones come out.

    • Exare

      I’d steer clear of LG altogether, really. I’ve had very bad experiences with their products for quite a few years. I’ve had a few LG TVs and a Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 was great for about 6 months but then it started to constantly drop signal when the screen went to sleep (ATT), the battery only lasts for half the day, the charger port is all wonky and fragile, and the worst part is that it lags like a mother if you put it under any sort of load. My phone isn’t rooted, it’s running stock Marshmallow (every update made it faster for about 2-weeks, then back to the same old issues), and I’ve done 3 factory resets over the last year to try and fix it to no avail. Plus, it’s built like crap. Even though the back feels nice and the screen looks good, the casing has all kinds of cracks around the outside of it because the plastic they used to encase it was too thin (I do keep it in a protective case too).

      My experience may be different than others, I mean I bought the Nexus 5 a year after it came out because of all the stellar reviews. Unfortunately I’ve not had the luck others have had.

      As for my TVs; the mid-high range model I got (2013) suffers from poorly optimized software and the hardware is seriously under-powered to run it. The picture is decent, but the light bleed is horrendous and the darks might as well be gray; the contrast ratio is complete garbage compared to similarly priced models from Samsung and Sony. Not only that, the wireless crapped out in less than 6 months and I had to run a cable all the way to the TV to get content streaming to work (which I ultimately replaced with a Chromecast). Firmware updates did not fix this and with each one more and more things stopped working.

      Their lower-end models are OK; the sub-$400 range (2015). You get good colors for what you pay for, but that’s about it.

  • Alex Palade

    Motorola Moto G 3rd with 1 GB RAM , Huawei P8 Lite or Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 for Facebook, Browsing, Photos and Light Games?

  • Alex Palade

    Motorola Moto G 3rd with 1 GB RAM , Huawei P8 Lite or Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 for Facebook, Browsing, Photos, Design and Light Games?

  • Monkey D. Dragon

    hmmm which one to buy

  • 4ron

    No BlackBerry Priv? Consumer Reports rates it on par with the Nexus 6 P and iPhone 6S Plus.

  • Mark

    i cant even view your page without those damn promotions taking me away from what I am reading…what a joke!

  • vmxr

    heh samsung phones are the only ones with physical keys…. oems should make more phones with physical keys

    • ASYOUTHIA ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Not true, my V10 has VOL +/- and power buttons that are physical buttons

      • vmxr

        you know what i mean the three famous home, back, multitask buttons. your v10 are soft buttons

        • ASYOUTHIA ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Ohhhh you mean capacitive buttons?? LMFAO those archaic things?? If you want those look to the OnePlus for those the One had them

  • Daggett Beaver

    Wow – there are no bylines to identify the authors, but for at least one author, English is his/her second language. Or maybe third. Or fourth.

  • jay

    What is the issues with the camera all the time? Makes a picture and that’s all never look at pictures again and again or know which phone it took… For me software and build quality is important

  • staylow

    The BLU Vivo 5 should have probably been on there. Had mine for about a month now and it’s a really solid performer.

  • Jeremy Fortner

    I have the S7 and its great but I also own the Blu Pure XL and let me tell you its even better especially when price is taken into consideration its not even close.

  • shonangreg

    Why aren’t android updates mentioned? These SIM-unlocked phones don’t have to deal with carrier approval for updates, and if reviews typically mention how often and how long they update their phones , then the manufacturers will respond and up their game.

    The situation seems terrible now. You either pay for a Nexus or an iPhone and live with crippled phones (no micro-SD, disabled USB-OTG, bad or no hdmi-out, removed mircast, etc.) Or you live with nearly no updates.

    The review sites could change this.

  • Nick Spihlman

    The Nextbit Robin is much better than the 5x. This is just a list of devices from mainstream companies